Commentary on Egyptian politics and culture by an Egyptian citizen with a room of her own.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
“What happened yesterday is a turning point in Egypt's history, no less significant than what transpired on 18 June, 1953 with Egypt's transformation from a monarchy to a republic,” Parliament speaker Fathi Sorour, al-Gomhuriya, 26 May 2005.
Baheyya is a female name that has come to stand in for Egypt. The symbolism is the handiwork of the gifted duo of Shaykh Imam Eissa and Ahmad Fu'ad Nigm in their haunting song, "Masr yamma, ya Baheyya." I make no foolish claims to represent Egypt or all Egyptians. I just like the name.